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Final Failure Eyeball to Eyeball Paperback – October 22, 2012
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The Pro’s For the most part, the historical background during the most tumultuous and possible deadliest time of modern history was dead on. Mr. Niles does an excellent job of mixing actual events during the Cuban Missile Crises, October 1962, with believable dialogue.
For the research, a healthy five stars.
1) Send it to an editor. There is an abundance of misspelled and missing words throughout the work. At first it wasn’t bad, but as the story continued, it did become a distraction.
2) Filler: As the story attempted to move forward, I felt the author was deliberately trying to slow down the pace with minor characters and a back story love story which held no appeal or interest. No, I don’t care how it pans out. I want to see how the superpowers react with the downing of a US and the destruction of the USS Randolph.
3) This isn’t a spoiler alert, it’s a fact. At 50%, I was wondering why the story wasn’t developing steam and moving forward. At 75% I should have known what was going on, but I was hoping my premonition was wrong. Nope. I was dead on. This work was written as a setup for book II. Typically, I don’t have a problem reading a book knowing it’s a series, but that is not the case with this one. The description suggests readers will find this an entertaining “what if scenario.” I found myself fuming for being duped! My fault. I should have known. I will not be reading the second one as I was thoroughly put off with the charade.
Mr. Niles, I would suggest you stick with the fantasy realm where you have been very successful. Alternative history is not a field to enter. Those of us who have a love for history take offence when our passion and intelligence are toyed with. Imagine if David Robbins, “War of the Rats,” would have led us to the gates of Stalingrad and stopped , or Tom Clancy, “Clear and Present Danger” would have stopped as the bomb was dropped to eliminate the Columbian Cartel.
Overall this is a three star work, only because of the research.
So strap on your gas masks and stock up on canned goods, fellow readers. Prepare yourselves for a fascinating journey from which we may never have returned!
The tension builds, then the book STOPS!! What the heck! I'm going to have to wait and buy another book or two to find out what happens. I HATE THAT!!!!
I never caught on that the book was only the first episode. Be advised.